NFL Week 3 Monday Night Picks and Prediction: Cowboys vs. Giants

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Cooper Rush #10 of the Dallas Cowboys during warmups before the game against the Cincinnati Bengals. Richard Rodriguez/Getty Images/AFP.

Week 3 in the NFL concludes Monday night with an NFC East rivalry as the Dallas Cowboys, again without Dak Prescott, visit the unbeaten New York Giants.

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Dallas Cowboys vs. New York Giants 

Monday, September 26, 2022 – 08:15 PM EDT at MetLife Stadium

I don’t know about you, but I’m tired of seeing the Cowboys and Giants in prime time so often, but it’s not going to change because Dallas is the NFL’s most popular franchise and the Giants obviously play in the biggest media market.

Every NFC East team plays a division game this week with Philadelphia at Washington on Sunday. 

Dallas was the NFC East champion last year and the Giants the last-place team, so not a big surprise the Cowboys swept the season series and neither was very competitive.

Week 15 Game Review

The game in New Jersey was Week 15 and the Cowboys won 21-6. Dak Prescott threw for 217 yards and a TD. Dalton Schultz caught eight passes for 67 yards and a score. More on both below.

The Giants were without the injured Daniel Jones so they used two laughable quarterbacks in Mike Glennon in Jake Fromm. They combined to complete 19-for-36 for 178 yards and three picks.  

The Cowboys have covered the spread on the NFL picks in eight of the past 10 meetings overall and four of the past five as the road team. 

Cowboys In Good Hands With Cooper 

While Cowboys owner/general manager Jerry Jones keeps making noise, he likes to hear his own voice.

When your franchise is worth a world-best $8 billion you can do that, about starting quarterback Dak Prescott returning from thumb surgery in Week 4, that’s probably a pipe dream. He’s obviously out again Monday. 

Cooper Rush

I’m not going to sit here and say that Cooper Rush, a 2017 undrafted free agent out of Central Michigan, is nearly as good as Prescott, but Rush improved to 2-0 straight up and against the spread in his NFL career as a starter by leading a 20-17 home upset of the Bengals on Sunday. 

Rush led the drive to Brett Maher's 50-yard field goal as time expired. The Cowboys pretty much just ask him to avoid mistakes. Rush was 19-for-31 for 235 yards, a TD and no turnovers while taking only one sack.  

Rush’s top target wasn’t CeeDee Lamb but relative unknown Neal Brown, who had 91-yard, one touchdown afternoon. His yardage amounted to 38.7% of Rush's pass production.

Dalton Schultz

No. 1 tight end Dalton Schultz had two catches for 18 yards before leaving with a knee injury and is not expected to play Monday.

Michael Gallup, projected as the No. 2 wideout behind Lamb, hasn’t played yet off his serious knee injury last year but is a possibility for Monday.  

Micah Parsons

Linebacker Micah Parsons was arguably the NFL’s best defensive player last year but had to settle for Defensive Rookie of the Year.

Well, he’s the +400 favorite at BMR’s top sportsbooks for Defensive Player of the Year in 2022 after back-to-back games with two sacks, leading the league with four.

He has played 18 regular-season games in his young career and already has five games with at least two sacks. Parsons is also tied for first in three other categories with seven quarterback hits, 13 QB pressures and four tackles for loss. 

This will be the Cowboys’ first road game of the year, and they covered their last four away in 2021. They are 5-2 ATS in their past seven Monday games. 

Daboll Era Off To Strong Start 

I’m not sure if the Giants are that much improved under first-year head coach Brian Daboll, an obvious upgrade over Joe Judge, or a bit lucky to be 2-0.

Probably some of both. In Week 1, the Giants won 21-20 at Tennessee with a touchdown and two-point conversion in the final minute as Daboll never thought about just kicking a PAT for the tie. 

Graham Gano

This past Sunday, Big Blue beat visiting Carolina 19-16 on a 56-yard field goal by Graham Gano with 3:34 left. Gano now has the only two games in Giants history in which a kicker booted a pair of 50-plus-yard field goals in the fourth quarter or overtime.

He also did it last year at Washington. Only seven field goals 55 yards and longer have been kicked in Giants history. Gano has three of them.  

Saquon Barkley

It’s moderately concerning that New York’s offense hasn’t played that well yet other than running back Saquon Barkley, who is the +550 favorite on the NFL odds to win Comeback Player of the Year. 

The new coaching staff has essentially stuffed receivers Kenny Golladay and Kadarius Toney in the trash. Golladay got a $72 million free-agent contract before the 2021 season, and Toney was the No. 20 overall pick in last year’s draft. 

Thibodeaux and Ojulari

New York has not had pass-rushers Kayvon Thibodeaux and Azeez Ojulari yet this season due to injury and still up in the air if either will play Monday.

Ojulari had eight sacks in 2021 as a rookie and Thibodeaux was the No. 5 overall pick in this year’s draft. Cornerback Aaron Robinson missed Week 2 due to appendicitis.

Leonard Williams

Following an MRI on Monday, it’s been revealed that defensive lineman Leonard Williams suffered a sprained MCL in Week 2.

That’s good news for the most part, but he probably won’t play Monday.  

Jones vs. Rush

I’m just not sold on the Giants yet, and it’s not like they even have much of a quarterback advantage in Daniel Jones over Cooper Rush. The Cowboys are better pretty much everywhere else

Score prediction: Cowboys 20 - Giants 17 

NFL Pick: Dallas +2.5 (-110) at Bovada (visit our Bovada Review)

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